Second Panel: Social Justice: Solving Community Issues



lauren Ornelas

is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999 and for which she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. She was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, lauren served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on “The Power of Our Food Choices.” Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at and

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Lori Hensley- Beyond Fences: Director of Operations

Lori Hensley has a degree in Mathematics and a masters in school counseling both of which she puts to good use serving pet owners as Director of Operations of Beyond Fences. She also serves up a mean dish of southern fried tofu and vegan collard greens. Lori lives in Durham, NC with her husband Robert and two dogs. She is the 2015 recipient of the APSCA's Henry Bergh Award and the 2016 recipient of the Indy Week’s Citizen Award.




Moderator: Hue La

Hue is a 1L student at Golden Gate University School of Law and she is on the board of SALDF GGU. She has extensive knowledge on the environmental and health issues surrounding animal agriculture, and also teaches these subjects at high schools throughout San Francisco and the Peninsula. Hue will be assisting a judge in family law this summer at the county court.